THE RIDERS gathered at the Junee Golf Club for a well-cooked breakfast and registration, and at 10.30 am, they entertained the locals with a lap around the town before heading off for a warm day’s ride through the beautiful surrounding district.
The Junee Poker Run drew bike riders from near and far with a variety of bikes ranging from Harleys, Kawasakis, Indians, BMWs, Postie bikes, Ducatis, some Can-Am Spyder Roadsters, and a few other brands thrown in.
A big bus, (donated by Junee Buses) filled with patrons who did not have a bike, followed the riders around the run.
The run headed from Junee to Gundagai via Nangus and made its way to the first stop at the Criterion Hotel. There are some seriously great roads out this way: a bike rider’s paradise.
The riders now made their way along the Hume Highway to the Jugiong Motel for lunch and well earned refreshments.
After lunch the riders made their way to Cootamundra with the next stop at the Family Hotel.
From here the riders rode along the Olympic Way to the Illabo Hotel, the last stop before heading back to Junee for a bit of a rest and freshen up before the long night of blues music.
About 400 people were entertained by Shaun Kirk, Cleveland Blues and The Convicts into the wee hours with a lot of blues and rockin’. What a great way to let your hair down and finish off what had been a memorable day.
Ali Field was the MC for the night and did a great job as usual.
The money raised at the Junee Poker Run & Blues Night is donated to Junee Can Assist and the Junee Volunteer Rescue Association, both worthy causes.
See you there next year.
Words & photos by Graham Besley